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the wedding countdown
The wedding countdown
Parents may think they know best, but sometimes daughters know better…
Mills Ali has her dream job writing for a magazine and a social life busier than the London rush hour. Everything's good except for the husband sized shadow looming on the horizon. With a year’s countdown to her arranged marriage, Mills is on a mission to choose her own husband. Just how hard can it be? She's bound to find her soul mate.
But is he closer than she thinks? Or do her parents know best after all?
The Wedding Countdown is about the experiences of the heroine, Mills Ali, who persuades her parents to allow her to move to London to work as a journalist and also to engage in the Muslim Matrimonial's scene. She has one year to find a suitable Muslim Pakistani husband before her parents – who have started to run out of patience – crack on with an arranged marriage to a distant cousin. The novel deals with family conflicts, mixed race relationships, love in all its different forms and above all a young girl’s search to find her place in 21st Century society By the end of the novel Mills has some very hard choices to make and also realises she’s had her own prejudices and preconceptions to deal with.
I devised this story with the help of my friend Sofia Latif, a young Muslim woman from Bradford. We originally met on the internet and soon discovered a mutual love of reading. Sofia loves “chick lit” but feels very strongly that nothing exists that is reflective of her experiences as a young British Muslim woman. Soon the idea for The Wedding Countdown was born and we were off! Although I wrote the novel we’ve been partners every step of the way and I truly believe this gives The Wedding Countdown a very unique selling point. I cannot think of any other Muslim/Christian writing duos. We live in uncertain times where fear of terrorism and suspicion of other cultures often breed suspicion and intolerance. I believe the time is ripe to look at what young women have in common regardless of their race and religion. I certainly hope that by working together Sofia and I have proven that young women of diverse ethnic backgrounds have a lot in common and can be friends. We are looking forward to working together on book two.
This humorous mainstream novel is the story of a Mills Ali, a young British Muslim woman, who decides to arrange her own marriage. The novel is a must read for every young woman who’s ever struggled to keep everyone happy while holding true to her own hopes and dreams. It is written with a female target audience in mind and will appeal to fans of Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella.
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